Tech Know: Why We're Excited For The PS5

The PS5 is coming



A tech company’s lifetime is defined by its major releases; it’s almost as if the year didn’t happen if nothing of headline-value was added to its roster. And while Sony as a company is defined not just by its game console, there’s no denying that 2020 will be remembered for the launch of its PlayStation 5


It's a long time coming, and we’re all for its release. 


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PlayStation 5 Specs

Let’s start with the biggest thing we all have to consider: the specs. After all, why splurge on a new console when your last generation is right behind its trail?


CPU     

x86-64-AMD Ryzen™ “Zen 2”

8 Cores / 16 Threads 

Variable frequency, up to 3.5 GHz

GPU

AMD Radeon™ RDNA 2-based graphics engine

Ray Tracing Acceleration 

Variable frequency, up to 2.23 GHz (10.3 TFLOPS)

System Memory

GDDR6 16GB

448GB/s Bandwidth

SSD

825GB

5.5GB/s Read Bandwidth (Raw)

Optical Drive 

Ultra HD Blu-ray (66G/100G) ~10xCAV
BD-ROM (25G/50G) ~8xCAV
BD-R/RE (25G/50G) ~8xCAV
DVD ~3.2xCLV  

PS5 Game Disc

Ultra HD Blu-ray, up to 100GB/disc

Video Out

HDMI™ OUT port 
Support of 4K 120Hz TVs, 8K TVs, VRR (specified by HDMI ver.2.1)

Audio

“Tempest” 3D AudioTec

Dimensions

PS5: Approx. 390mm x 104mm x 260mm (width x height x depth)(excludes largest projection, excludes Base)

Weight

PS5: 4.5kg 

Power

PS5: 350W

Input/Output

USB Type-A port (Hi-Speed USB) 
USB Type-A port (Super-Speed USB 10Gbps) x2 
USB Type-C® port (Super-Speed USB 10Gbps)

Networking

Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)
IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax 
Bluetooth® 5.1


And if you’re the type to be particular about the wireless controller, some major upgrades have been made there as well:


Dimensions

160mm x 66mm x 106mm 

Weight

280g

Touch Pad

2 Point Touch Pad, Capacitive Type, Click Mechanism

Motion Sensor

SIXAXIS motion sensing system 

Audio

Built-in Microphone Array, Built-in Mono Speaker, Stereo Headset Jack

Feedback

Trigger Effect (on R2/L2 button), Vibration (haptic feedback by dual actuators), Indicators (Light bar / Player indicator / MUTE status)

Ports

USB Type-C® port (Hi-Speed USB), Stereo Headset Jack, Charging Terminals

Communication

Bluetooth® Ver5.1 for wireless

USB connection (HID, Audio) for wired

Battery

Type: Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery

Voltage: DC 3.65V

Capacity: 1,560mAh


PlayStation 5 Price

As you might already know, the PlayStation 5 is available in the Ultra HD Blu-Ray disc drive version, as well as the Digital Edition. Currently, only the former has been announced to be available in the Philippines for P27,990. Meanwhile, the PS5 Digital Edition is internationally priced at USD399 (P19,950). 


PlayStation 5 Release Date

While the announcement was made quite a while ago, the PS5 with an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive will officially be launched in the Philippines on December 11, 2020. Pre-orders began on November 20, 2020, with official retailers including Avid Sales Corp., iTech, Gameline, Metro Plaza, Abenson, Game One, Datablitz and GameXtreme. 




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So what say you about the PS5? Are you as excited as we are?



Words Adie Pieraz

Art Alex Lara

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